The Light We Lost

The New York Times Bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
“This love story between Lucy & Gabe spans decades and continents as two star-crossed lovers try to return to each other…Will they ever meet again? This book kept me up at night, turning the pages to find out, and the ending did not disappoint.”—Reese Witherspoon

One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag.”—The Skimm

“Extraordinary.”—Emily Giffin

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts.

This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.
“It's the epic love story of 2017.”—Redbook

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Morbidly depressing1 star

I had such high hopes for this book... it took morbid tun after depressing turn. 15


Well written but a bit of a turn off2 star

It’s not that I didn’t like the book, I just really couldn’t stand the main character. A wealthy white woman who lives a life of privilege obsessed over the one thing she can’t have. I mean, I get the idea but to be honest I felt more for Gabe and Darren than for Lucy. Also, the ending wasn’t very satisfying. 25


Starts slow... give it a chance4 star

This book took awhile for me to “get into”... being on Reese’s book club list powered through and am glad I did. 45

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The Light We Lost5 star

Oh my God, girl. You just killed me. I could NOT put this down. I cried, laughed, cried again and again. I had a love like this, only he didn’t die, he found out he was gay, just a little too late for my heart. Keep on doing what you’re doing. We will all enjoy your labor. Thank you. Jd. 55


Underwhelming1 star

This book was terribly underwhelming. It seemed to drag on and on and nothing happened. 15


Couldn’t put it down5 star

Read this book in one day. Heart wrenching story on so many levels and so relatable in just as many ways - feeling torn between the life and love you have and the life and love you might have had. Highly recommend! 55


It's really terrible...1 star

I tried, I really tried to get through it but it was just unbearable. The main character is just awful. I disliked her immediately. I despise how she constantly talked internally to Gabe throughout the story. The character development and backstory is so weak and flimsy. It reads like a tacky romance novel..... Ugh 15


One of the worst books I’ve ever read1 star

Loved Big Little Lies so I thought I’d give another Reese book club book a shot. Hated this with a passion. The main characters are TERRIBLE people. The 9/11 tie-in feels like it was shoehorned in. If you take it out, nothing changes. It’s still a “love story” about two horrible, selfish people. They just don’t have the “we experienced 9/11 together” part as a reason for them to continue to be in each other’s lives. It feels so disrespectful to 9/11 victims and survivors and first responders. Stay away from this. It’s awful! 15


Loved it4 star

The characters were flawed as people in life are but the book engrossed me ad I’m looking forward to her next, Definite tearjerker although I figured out quickly what would happen. 45


Disappointing2 star

I was really disappointed in this book, based on the reviews and being one of Reece’s picks I had high hopes. It was hard for me to get into and I’m surprised I finished it. I love a good romance but this was was boring. 25

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